Quick hits: 5 things to take away from the weekend’s college men’s volleyball matches

It was a weekend filled of upsets ranging from historic upsets to upsets that could potentially alter the landscape of the national rankings.

Check out the five things to take away from this weekend in college men’s volleyball


1. Hawai’i upends UCLA twice — For the first time since 2006, Hawai’i swept a home conference series against UCLA. Outside attacker Brook Sedore in the two wins for the Rainbow Warriors led all players with 46 kills, including a match-high 24 kills in the four-game series opener. In addition, Hawai’i following the weekend is now one-match behind UCLA for second place in the MPSF.

2. Princeton stuns Penn State — Princeton rallied from a one-game deficit to upset No. 10 Penn State on Friday and snap a 35-match losing streak to the Nittany Lions dating back to 1998. The Tigers finished the conference match with a season-high 11 aces, and outside attacker Devin Stearns had a team-high 18 kills to help the Princeton move into third place in the EIVA.

3. BYU wins big at home — No. 2 BYU playing in its first home matches in almost a month swept both No. 7 USC on Friday and No. 4 Pepperdine on Saturday. With these victories, the Cougars expand their first-place lead in the MPSF to 2.5 matches heading into its road conference match against No. 5 Long Beach State on Friday.

4. Loyola stays perfect in MIVA — No. 1 Loyola remains the only team in the nation yet to lose a conference match as it swept Lindenwood on the road Friday. All-American outside attacker Joseph Smalzer in the victory finished with a match-high four aces to help the Ramblers extend their winning streak to a nation-best 13 matches.

5. Tritons get first win — UC San Diego defeated Grand Canyon in five games on Friday for its first victory of the season. With the Tritons’ victory, every NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team now has at least one win, preventing there being a winless team for the second consecutive season.